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Strip club ordered to pay $1.25 million for employing 13-year-old girl as adult entertainer

By Mason White 12:51 PM June 23, 2017
By: Mason White

A strip club that employed underage girls, was ordered to pay one 13-year-old girl $1.25 million after she suffered abuse, according to officials in Oregon.

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced a major civil rights settlement with Stars Cabaret, that will direct $1.25 million to the then 13-year old minor who suffered unlawful
discrimination, harassment and abuse at the Beaverton club.

The agreement represents the largest settlement amount ever secured by the agency for an individual worker. The case regarding a second underage minor employed by Stars remains pending.

The agency initiated an investigation after Commissioner Avakian filed a Commissioner’s Complaint, alleging civil rights violations against two underage employees working as adult entertainers.

Following a thorough investigation of Stars’ operations, the agency brought formal charges of unlawful discrimination and harassment of minors ages 13 and 15 working at the club.

The 13-year-old girl was forced to perform sex acts on customers.

“Our agency is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of all Oregonians,” said Labor Commissioner Avakian.

“Today’s settlement follows an aggressive effort spanning thousands of hours of investigation and prosecution to ensure justice for this aggrieved person. It also sends a strong message that the most vulnerable among us will still receive the same protections and access to justice as everyone else,” Avakian added.

The Civil Rights Division conducted an extensive investigation across Stars’ operations, interviewing current and former staff, owners, managers and other third parties.

The agency’s investigation also included a look at Stars’ ownership structure across the multiple corporate entities that were eventually added to the complaint.